Monday, November 17, 2008

Press Release: Appleton promoted to Surface Water Manager

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Ken Miller
Deputy Public Works Director
253.835.2711
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Appleton promoted to Surface Water Manager

After serving as the City of Federal Way Development Services Manager for the last five years, Will Appleton has been promoted to Public Works Surface Water Manager.

Appleton, a Gig Harbor resident, worked as a surface water engineer for the City back in 2000.

He also has several years of private industry experience as well as time with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as a college teaching and research assistant. He holds both a master of science and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Press Release: Play a key part in Federal Way’s cultural scene--join the arts commission

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Carol McNeilly
City Clerk
253.835.2540

Play a key part in Federal Way’s cultural scene--join the arts commission

Art exhibits, galleries, events – Federal Way is lucky to have a robust appreciation for the arts, talented artists and an active arts commission leading the local art efforts. If you want to play a key part in our City’s cultural scene, join the Federal Way Arts Commission.

The arts commission is a nine-member volunteer board that works with City staff to develop and oversee the City’s various art programs. Members are appointed by the City Council and serve three-year terms.

The commission advises the City Council on all areas of the arts – including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. Commissioners serve on sub-committees and assist with special projects and events. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the City Hall.

Commissioners must be Federal Way residents. An effort is made to make commission
appointments that balance the interests in the fine and performing arts, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Interested residents should submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. Nov. 21.

Applications are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S., or www.cityoffederalway.com. For
more information, contact the City Clerk’s office, 253.835.2540.

Press Release: Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

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November 12, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Steve Ikerd
Acting Parks Director
253.835.6911
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

Weather permitting, the City of Federal Way Parks Department is scheduled to close a portion of the West Campus Trail on Nov. 13 in order to remove about 60 Cottonwood trees and several Alder trees that are diseased and have damaged the trail. The affected portion of the trail is from South 225th to South 320th streets. That portion of the trail will be closed approximately through December.

Cottonwood trees are not only prone to disease, they have fast growing, shallow roots and large overhead branches that cause problems both above and below the ground. Trimming costs as well as constant repair of buckling trails that present tripping hazards are straining the parks department’s budget. Earlier this year the City Council agreed to remove the most diseased and hazardous trees and to replace them with trees better suited for the soils and conditions along the trail.

The tree removal is slated for Nov. 13 – 28 and the asphalt repair will follow, lasting about a month. The cost for tree removal and asphalt repair is approximately $80,000. The City is currently soliciting bids for purchasing and planting the replacement trees.

Press Release: Federal Way welcomes Carol McNeilly as new city clerk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Carol McNeilly
City Clerk
253.835.2540
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Federal Way welcomes Carol McNeilly as new city clerk

Carol McNeilly joined Federal Way on Sept. 9 as City Clerk. She manages the City Council docket, City records and files, handles public disclosure requests, and much more.

McNeilly was most recently at the City of Newcastle where she worked for the past eight years as the Deputy City Clerk. She earned the designation of Certified Management Consultant and is working toward earning a Master Municipal Clerk Certification.

McNeilly’s background is actually in business and criminal justice, but she landed in the field of municipal clerking at Newcastle and was mentored by former Federal Way City Clerk Laura Hathaway. “I really enjoy clerking and I continue to learn and grow in the field,” said McNeilly.

“I’m excited to be part of the Federal Way team; everyone here has been very supportive as I learn the ins and outs of a new city.”

A Washington native, McNeilly grew up in the Ballard area. She now lives in Renton with her dog, Mia. She enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and volunteer work. She has volunteered with the Life Long Aids Alliance, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, the Bailey Boshay House and many other local organizations.

Press Release: Catch the holiday spirit early; register now for the annual Jingle Bell Brunch

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Assistant
253.835.6900

Catch the holiday spirit early; register now for the annual Jingle Bell Brunch

The holiday season will be here before you know it. Time to register for the City’s annual Jingle Bell Brunch on Dec. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your kids, your family and your friends to this fun celebration at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St.

Have brunch, take pictures with Santa, enjoy music and entertainment, create holiday crafts at Santa’s Workshop - and more. Tickets are $6 for ages 2-11 and $8 for ages 12 and up.

Seating is limited. Registration is required by Nov. 30. Call 253.835.6900 and give the ID code 20346. Or visit www.cityoffederalway.com for more information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elimination of Horse Farms

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According to Vote No, changes to Department of Revenue rules mean that owning a horse farm in an unincorporated urban area (which Unincorporated Federal Way is) could become cost prohibitive in the near future.

Vote No is concerned that this will lead to more people selling to developers. And in this case, I'm going to share his concern. The last thing we need is more developers getting their hands on unincorporated land. Because we know that King Count faces a shortfall and wants to be rid of these lands. If it can't be rid of them because the citizens refuse to incorporate or join an existing incorporated city, then it may as well punish them and make life miserable (as No suggests the horse farm rule change is); but I don't see it stopping there. I also see the county doing the bare minimum in terms of support for new developments (with regards to infrastructure) and it see them doing it without any regards to long-term planning or livability. Look at Federal Way and how we're stuck with insufficient east-west channels because development was allowed to run rampant without any regard to long-term planning back when the county arguably did care.

Between that and all the cuts projected, it seems like a losing battle.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hi, mom!

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FederalWayan points out that Google Street view is now live in Federal Way. Surprisingly comprehensive, but also interesting what they skipped. Did they get lost near Weyerhauser? :)


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Short Circuit

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Circuit City today announces the closure of 155 stores, including the "Seattle Outlet" located in Federal Way.  I visited it about a year and a half ago.  I was immediately suspicious by the fact that the by the fact that the outside signage was a canvas banner.  Inside, it seemed to be mostly empty except for a few large, dated, remanufactured big screen TVs.  I never returned, but shop regularly at Best Buy.  I think also sharing a parking lot with Costco probably didn't help any.

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